The NBA is set up with a strong night of action on April 28. Ten games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these matchups will be between the Chicago Bulls and the New York Knicks. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a huge win in this one. This game will tip off at around 7:30 PM Eastern time.
Chicago has earned a record of 26-35 throughout this season, which has them sitting in eleventh place of the Eastern Conference. The Bulls are one game back on the tenth seed and will look to catch them with a win in this one. Chicago is coming off a win in their last game and have won four of their last six. The Bulls will look to keep it up with a win in this one.
The Knicks have put up a record of 34-28 to this point in the season, which has them in fourth place of the Eastern Conference. New York is coming off a loss in their last game, which ended a nine game winning streak. The Knicks are tied with the fifth seeded Hawks and will look to hold on to the lead for the fourth seed with a win in this one.
These two teams have been hot as of late and will look to earn a big win in this one. The Bulls are looking to catch the tenth seed to sneak into the playoff picture. New York has a comfortable playoff spot with their recent winning streak and will look to keep moving up. I expect an exciting matchup between these two teams on Wednesday night.
The Bulls and the Knicks have met up twice throughout this season so far. Chicago hosted the first game on February 1. Julius Randle dropped 23 points and 11 rebounds on the night, but it was not enough for New York. Lauri Markkanen scored 30 points, while Zach LaVine finished with 21 points. The Bulls starting lineup combined for 86 points on the night as Chicago won 110-102.
The second game of the season series stayed in Chicago on February 3. Zach LaVine finished with 24 points and 7 assists, which was not enough for the win. Julius Randle dropped 27 points, while Elfrid Payton scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. R.J. Barrett added 17 points to help lead the Knicks to a 107-103 win on the road.
These two teams have split the season series so far. The Bulls were able to earn a big win in the first meeting, while New York bounced back with a win in the second game. The Knicks will look to carry momentum into this one as they look for another big win. If either team can come out hot shooting, it could give them the edge in this one.
Field Goal Shooting
Chicago has been solid shooting the ball throughout this season. The Bulls have made around 48 percent of their shots from the field, which is 8th in the NBA. Chicago has drained 36.8 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 15th in the league. The Bulls have shot 80.2 percent from the charity stripe, which is 7th in the NBA.
The Knicks have struggled shooting the ball so far this season. New York has been shooting 45.6 percent from the field, which is 22nd in the league. The Knicks have also made 38.6 percent of their shots from deep, which is 5th in the NBA. New York has sunk 77.7 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 14th in the league.
The Bulls have been better shooting the ball this season, but New York has the edge on defense. The Knicks have held opposing teams to a 44.3 percent from the field, which is 1st in the NBA. Chicago has allowed their opponents to make 47.5 percent of their shots from the field, which is 25th in the league. New York will look for their defense to take over in this one to give them the edge.
Nikola Vucevic has done a great job since joining the Bulls at the trade deadline. Vucevic has averaged 22.5 points and 10 rebounds per game. Coby White is averaging 15 points, while Lauri Markkanen has averaged 14.5 points per game. Thaddeus Young is averaging 12 points per game. Daniel Theis rounds out the lineup, averaging 10 points per game.
Julius Randle has had a great season with New York so far. Randle is averaging 24 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. R.J. Barrett has averaged 17.5 points per game this season. Derrick Rose is averaging 14 points per game. Immanuel Quickley and Elfrid Payton have both averaged around 11.5 points per game. Reggie Bullock is averaging 10.5 points per game to round out the lineup.
These two teams have had a nice spread of scoring throughout this season. Chicago is still without Zach LaVine, which will hurt them a bit in this one. The Knicks are missing Alec Burks as well. Both teams will look for some players to step up in this one. If New York can attack the Bulls with LaVine out, it could give them the edge to earn the win on Wednesday night.
These two teams split the two game set earlier in the season, but I think that New York will win the season series with a victory at home in this one. The Knicks have been red hot as of late and will be going up against a Bulls team without their leading scorer. I think New York’s defense can slow down Chicago enough to earn the win in this one.
BetOnline has the Knicks listed as a -4 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to New York at home, which I agree with. The Knicks have been really strong as of late and with LaVine out, I think this line could be bigger. I think New York will finish this homestand out strong, making them a great pick on Wednesday night.